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Cheesman Park and Denver Botanic Gardens - Denver County
Aliases: Denver Botanic Gardens
Ownership: None Listed
Description: Cheesman Park has enough large trees that it has been jokingly called the "Denver National Forest." Mind you, it's not much of a forest, and the place has no underbrush, but it should still be a prime stop for urban treetop migrants and those who seek them. Thanks to the high concentration of spruces here, winter finch enthusiasts should mark this park on their maps as well. Look for Cooper's Hawk, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Mountain Chickadee. Prairie Falcons have been spotted on the apartment towers nearby.

Just east of the park are the Denver Botanic Gardens. Beyond the remarkable botanical exhibits here, worth the price of admission, the gardens can hide some interesting birds. Who knows which of our birds will be drawn to the exotic flora? Bands of Bushtits are regular visitors. Western Scrub-Jay, Hermit Thrush and Ruby-crowned Kinglet have all been found wandering around the place, but none should be expected.

Habitat: Park
Directions: To reach Cheesman Park, take Colorado Blvd south from US-287 in the middle of Denver for 7 blocks to 8th Ave, and take a right (west). Follow 8th over York, to Williams St. Take a right across from Williams St. to enter the park. The Botanic Gardens are adjacent to the park, and can be reached by taking 8th west from Colorado to Josephine St, and taking a right. The gardens are on your left shortly.
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SpeciesAccession No.Date(s)
Philadelphia Vireo2015-105 09/23/2015